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Different Aspects of a Sustainable Energy Economy for M.Sc. Students

Module PH1495

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH1495 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of student seminars for condensed matter physics
  • Catalogue of student seminars for Applied and Engineering Physics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h  h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1495 is Katharina Krischer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In addition to the physical aspects of energy conversion and storage, a successful transformation of the energy industry from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy depends on many other factors: resources, storage options, efficient production, transportation, life cycle analyzes and not least economic considerations.

The seminar will discuss these aspects. Possible topics include hydrogen economy, ecobalance of electromobility, the energy balance of the production of lithium-ion batteries or of solar cells, life-cycle analysis of different energy converters or the requirements of power grids. Own topic suggestions are also welcome.

Learning Outcome

After participation in the Module the student is able to:

  1. Perform bibliographical searches on published papers and in the internet for information relevant to specific topic
  2. Finding scientific papers online
  3. Condense their knowlegde into a presentation and obtain presentation skills
  4. Obtain a deeper insight into dependencies and constraints important for the transformation of the energy economy into a renewable energy system


No specific requirements.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the course of the seminar each student individually prepares a talk on a topic of current research. Based on this talk the learning outcome is tested.

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